Actually, crime in my neck of the woods is pretty rough, depending. Massive amounts of meth + a systemically disenfranchised population of 30% makes for the not happy fun days for cops. I have now lived in three states where folks love them some guns. Love love love. I have also lived in 3 states where people would happily let 6 year olds shoot shotguns and drive cars if they could. Hell, I have been driving since I was 14.
I grew up with guns. I grew up tromping around in the woods shooting things.
I get pissed off when some lunatic guns down 30 kids in a school (and I work at a uni that had a shooting about 10 years ago) in much the same way that I get pissed off when some lunatics blow up the train I was trying to take in London one morning.
Here's what I'd like to see:
You want a gun? Great. You get a gun. But you have to join the national guard.
That's what the country's owner's manual says.
Not really. This is a topic of national Constitutional debate that we'll not solve here. The Bill of Rights are each guaranteed to individuals... all other 9 amendments. The 2nd is no different. The "militia" argument is about as Constitutionally valid as a "Free Speech Zone" is to the first amendment.